Category Lead Aircraft Interiors

  • Full-time
  • Directorate: GroupProcurement
  • Contract Type: Permanent

Company Description

IAG GBS (Global Business Services) is part of International Airlines Group, one of the world’s leading airline groups, with 546 aircraft flying to over 270 destinations, carrying more than 100 million passengers each year.

IAG GBS provides a plug and play platform of scalable, best in class procurement, finance and IT business services to IAG’s operating companies which include Aer Lingus, British Airways, IAG, IAG Cargo, IAG Loyalty, Iberia, Iberia Express, LEVEL and Vueling.

The company is headquartered in Krakow, and has operations in London, Madrid, Barcelona and Dublin.

Job Description

Purpose of the role...

  • Leading a category of procurement spend across a range of products and services
  • Working across the operating companies, ensuring the delivery of effective, robust and compliant procurement that delivers the business plan while maximizing the Group’s buying power
  • Leading strategic activities, including category planning, sourcing, risk management and acting as a single point of contact for senior stakeholders

 In addition, you will make an impact in this role by…

  • Taking responsibility for developing and implementing a three to five year category plan for the given sub-category
  • Taking responsibility for developing and implementing local and global sourcing strategies for all external spend related activity
  • Managing stakeholder relationships in all operating companies, ensuring appropriately robust challenges while delivering the operating companies’ business plans
  •  Managing supplier risk to protect the operating companies and the Group from financial, operational and reputational damage
  • Providing commercial innovation to internal stakeholders through interaction with the supply base
  • Working with internal stakeholders and external suppliers to resolve commercial and contractual disputes in particular suppliers with high complexity and/or high spend
  • Supporting operating companies tier 1 (high strategic/high risk/high spend) projects. Work with strategic suppliers to grow and develop supplier markets
  • Through liaison with the Procurement Operations Centre and operating company stakeholders, ensuring supplier performance management is robust, effective and compliant
  • Working alongside business areas to identify, challenge, harmonize and simplify specifications and processes across the operating companies to ensure that Group buying power is maximized
  • Ensuring that all procurement activity is carried out in line with Group and operating company governance principles
  • Developing effective working relations with key interfaces across the Group and operating companies including line, finance, legal and other stakeholders
  • Taking an active role in cross-departmental strategic and leadership activities

To achieve in this role, you are likely to have… 

Strong business and financial acumen with demonstrable experience connected with supporting international procurement projects in Aircraft Interiors or MRO procurement equipment or MRO engineering with a minimum of 5 years experience, as well as leading cross-culture teams in a matrixed organization

• Senior level experience of partnering with Senior Leaders and Executives in a fast moving and agile business environment with high stakeholder management capabilities

• Senior level experience in Procurement gathered in a complex global organization

• Experience of working in an environment of change involving people, process, policy and technology

• Strong demonstrable commercial expertise including contract negotiation and dispute resolutions

• Strong aptitude and knowledge across full commodity lifecycle and awareness of market trends and suppliers

• Strong business and financial acumen with the ability to evaluate, analyze and solve problems

• The ability to influence, align diverse views and gain consensus, providing clarity and direction on what is to be achieved and break down barriers that get in the way of effective team working

• The ability to prioritize, maintain clear focus and provide direction in constant ambiguity and change, using knowledge, judgement, resilience and courage to resolve conflicting priorities and manage crises


What we offer  

  • The chance to enjoy a challenging career in an exciting, fast-moving environment in a dynamic industry
  • The opportunity to work in a multi-cultural environment with great offices in many locations. We aim to provide all our people with a work/life balance, as well as the many benefits offered by a global organisation, including health insurance, pension and performance bonuses 
  • We are an equal opportunities employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law


Aeronautical engineer, Economics or Engineering degree

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